DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, and educator based in New York City. She is founder of Basement Bhangra™ and Bollywood Disco nights and co-founder of Mutiny Club night. She was named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times.
Rekha and her frequent collaborator, Dave Sharma, performed their compositions at Chicago Symphony Hall for the Sinfonetta in 2015. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, Bridge and Tunnel, received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on the play Rafta Rafta, and is associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, A Feet in Two Worlds.
Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, was released in 2007 and, in 2009, she was inducted into the NYC People's Hall of Fame. Her record label, Beat Bazaar Music, issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile, worldwide in November 2011. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015, and has performed internationally.
Unthemed selections in both segments, bookend by fierce female truth-sayers Jasmine Sandlas and Natasha Noorani. Dancehall, disco, folk, and fight the system vibes spawn the 60 plus minute podcast this week. Plus, a question about the perils of overly dependent digital existence.
Raf Sapera and Sukwinder Shinda keep it classic and put a fresh spin on a ubiqutous South Asian rhythm. Vocalist, rapper, and producer, Raj Kumari, drops a certifiable anthem with a collaboration with some of the best cypers from India.
Legendary producer Tru-Skool never disappoints, proven by his new track for Karan Aujla. Also, a dancehall inflected mini set precedes tracks by Garry Sandhu and DJ Rekha’s contender for best song of the year by Jasmine Sandlas. The beyond set is a grab bag from Manara, Ayesha and new discover, Jordan based artist Amjad Shahrour.
It was time for a deep dive into game changer Jasmine Sandlas, with no shortage of bangers. We listen to the depth and range in her catalogue. The beyond set showcases proverbial b-sides and her tracks that were released as vinyl records including a track demonstrating what made her an underground sensation.
Game changer Jasmine Sandlas does it again with a generically titled but entirely unique Punjabi song. With no shortage of bangers, her best is when her lyrics feel introspective and authentic. The beyond set highlights relatively mellower tracks from the pleasantly frenetic Daytimers compilation raising funds for Covid-19 relief in India.
Summer classic by birthday boy Roack Killa with Bilal Saeed on a current dance floor jam in the Bhangra set. For the beyond segment, the range of Talal Qureshi is displayed via two very distinct tracks, plus a show favorite from Van City’s Khanvict.